20th Century Fox has had some difficulty trying to resurrect the Daredevil franchise for the past few years. With a script said to still be in development at the studio and no director at the helm, many have begun to wonder if Fox would be able to push into production in time to stop the character's rights from reverting back to Marvel in October. Fortunately for Fox, it looks like Marvel wants to make a deal that may give them some more time in exchange for something they want.
According to Variety, Fox chairman Tom Rothman has been talking with Marvel Studios to get more time to develop their "Frank Miller-esque, hardcore 70s thriller" take on Daredevil with rumored director Joe Carnahan. The idea would be to give Marvel the rights back for some of the Fantastic Four universe characters like Galactus and Silver Surfer in exchange for an extension.
As both Galactus and Silver Surfer have already been in Fox's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, we'd venture to guess the deal may be a no-brainer for the studio. Still, with director Josh Trank aboard the Fantastic Four reboot project, the exchange could limit the possibilities for future films.
[UPDATE 8:00PM] Deadline's sources are suggesting that Fox execs are not considering this deal. “Those insiders said that with Josh Trank aboard to direct, Fantastic Four is a big priority and the studio would be crazy to give away a cornerstone villain. Especially when the studio is very lukewarm about rebooting Daredevil, which focuses on blind lawyer Matt Murdock and his emergence as a crime fighter powered by heightened sensory perception. [Despite considering Carnahan], it sounds like Fox is ready to let it revert to Disney-owned Marvel, unless Disney is interested in co-financing.”
Expect to hear more about the negotiations as we get closer to the deadline on October 10th.